Trinity College Dublin, Dining Club London
Founded 1810
Re-formed 1894

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Club President
Mary Robinson


Welcome to the Trinity Dining Club London website

Club Chairman: Andy Rogers

This enterprising social club is open to TCD graduates worldwide.  Its aims are to enable members to meet informally and socially several times a year and in Irish fashion to enjoy pleasant dinners together.  Dinner is followed by a short address by a speaker of distinction, with constructive discussion to follow.  Please see more details on the Alma Mater page.

Other aims include keeping members up to date with TCD affairs and encouraging them to be involved with and to make a contribution to Ireland. This includes educational, cultural, economic and political matters. 

In times of Corona Virus……. 

The Dining Club looks forward to arranging more dinners for its members and their friends just as soon as this becomes possible.  Future dinners will be posted on this website immediately, with details of our Speakers and a booking form. This information will also be emailed to our members. 

Members: if you would like to update your contacts, please advise

Non-Members:  If you are a TCD graduate and would like to join our club, please send a Membership application form to our Hon Sec as above. The fee for Life Membership is £25. You will then receive invitations to all future dinners. Non-Members may apply to attend our dinners before making this decision!

We greatly look forward to welcoming you to a dinner soon





Speaker: Professor Roy Foster FBA FRHistS FRSL  
Savile Club, Brook Street, London:  27 February 2020

Roy Foster is a notable Irish historian, academic and author. Elected a scholar at TCD, he taught Irish history and literature at Birkbeck College, London,with concurrent fellowships at Oxford and Princeton. He was appointed the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford  1991-2016.

Roy has published widely (as R.F. Foster) on Irish political, social and literary history. He is strongly identified with W.B.Yeats: his two–part biography of the poet was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

In 2000 Foster was a Booker Prize judge. In 2015, he was awarded the British Academy Medal for his book Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890–1923. He is now Emeritus professor of history at Oxford and Professor of Irish history and literature at Queen Mary University of London.  Hard to disagree with the opinion that He is perhaps the most distinguished and influential historian of Ireland writing today, whose works may be said, not only to have assisted in creating a fundamentally new understanding of Ireland’s past, but also to form an important part of a more general revolution of self-understanding in Ireland’.



Speaker: Fiona Shaw CBE
Lansdowne Club, Mayfair, London: 28 November 2019

Fiona graduated from University of Cork and then trained at RADA, collecting a Gold Medal in her final year. She made her name at the RSC and the National Theatre, where she shone in some of the great tragic roles, including Medea, Electra, Richard II, Mother Courage and Hedda Gabler. She received much acclaim, including four Olivia awards for ‘best actress’ and an honorary CBE for services to drama.

An actress best known for her classical stage work in London theatres and on Broadway, Fiona Shaw has also been much acclaimed for her TV and cinema roles: in 2018/19, she appeared in the Killing Eve series, for which she won a BAFTA.  She also made a guest appearance in the second TV series of Fleabag.  Recent film credits include Lizzie and Colette: she also played Harry Potter’s aunt Petunia (making it hard for her fans to dislike this character).

Fiona’s  pièce de résistance is her 37-minute recital from memory of an adaptation of T.S. Elliot’s Waste Land poem, which she has performed in venues from Wilton’s Music Hall to Madison Park. 

 She was awarded a Litt D by TCD and is their Honorary Professor of Drama.